Jim Haughwout

How to Architect for IoT

Last week I had the pleasure of doing a podcast with Forbe-contributor Mike Kavis on how to architect for the Internet of Things (“IoT”). We originally connected on Twitter regarding a discussion on whether the IoT and sensors are Big Data. That discussion led a podcast...

Why business owners should care about this thing called the Lambda Architecture

In the past 25 years I have seen four things that really made me step back and say, “This changes everything.” The first was the browser (before that we got data from the Internet using news groups and anonymous FTP). The second was open...

A Practitioner’s Guide: Picking the right NoSQL Database to solve 9 real-time transactional challenges

There are a lot of articles out there praising the features and performance of one NoSQL database over another. However, as a practitioner of the principle “pick the right tool for the job”, I thought I would write an article on picking the right...

Twitter traffic jams in Washington, created by… John Oliver

Note: This post was first published as Twitter Sensors: Detecting the Traffic Jam in Washington Caused by… John Oliver on the Savi Technology Blog. Summary: In the first week of June, 20% of the Tweets about traffic, delays and congestion by people around the Washington Beltway were caused...

The Expanding (Digital) Universe: Visualizing How BIG a Zettabyte Really Is

Note: This post was originally published at Oulixeus Consulting A lot of news articles recently (Google News currently shows 1,060 articles) are citing the annual EMC-IDC Digital Universe studies of the massive growth of the digital universe through 2020. If you have not read the study, it...

Drone Commerce, Part 2: Global Internet Access

In Part 1 of this series, I looked at Amazon’s use of drones for same-day delivery. In this post, I will examine Google’s proposed use of drones for ubiquitous Internet access and near-Earth monitoring from the point of view of someone who has built things...

Drone Commerce, Part 1: Same-day Delivery

As an aerospace engineer-turned-Internet software architect, it was probably only a matter of time before I wrote a post about the expanding use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (a.k.a. Drones). Now that we have two eCommerce giants entering the Drone Space makes it a good...

7-Step Program to Respond to a Rollout Like the ACA Website

By now—unless you have been living under a rock—you have seen the reporting on the myriad problems of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) website. Even President Obama has begun to publicly acknowledge that the problems stem from more than simply "unexpected volume." From a technology...

Rebel Mouse Makes It Easier for Others to Understand You

Article first published as Rebel Mouse Makes It Easier for Others to Understand You on Technorati. Last week Paul Berry, former CTO of the Huffington Post, launched his new Rebel Mouse social aggregation service. My first reaction was, "Oh great! Just what I need, another...

Wickr Ultra-Secure Mobile Messaging: Imagine the possibilities for #mCommerce #BYOD

Note: This post is re-blogged from my RebelMouse account. This weekend, I am playing with the Wickr App. Wickr provides and ultra-secure mobile messaging App (for free, via iTunes): Quadruple, encrypted military-grade encryption of messages That expire ("this message has self-destructed" after elapse of a…

Decisions, Decisions

Article first published as Decisions, Decisions… Android, iOS, Windows 8 or HTML5? on Technorati. The last month has introduced much new food for thought if you are trying to decide which mobile platform to build on first: Thirty days ago, you were probably thinking to…

An Opportunity Missed: The Olympics-as-a-Platform

Article first published as An Opportunity Missed: The Olympics-as-a-Platform on Technorati. Embedded video of "Rethink Possible" added in this blog post. The Summer Olympics are very special. Every four years, for over two weeks, people all over the world (even those who are not normally...

Rebel Mouse Makes It Easier for Others to Understand You

Article first published as Rebel Mouse Makes It Easier for Others to Understand You on Technorati. Last week Paul Berry, former CTO of the Huffington Post, launched his new Rebel Mouse social aggregation service. My first reaction was, "Oh great! Just what I need, another...

Getting Mobile Advertising Right: You Have One Opportunity

Mobile Advertising is more like classic Direct Response Marketing than Web Advertising: you have one opportunity for the perfect pitch: for each person, based on who he is and what his is doing—right NOW. Mobile Advertising is NOTHING Like Web Advertising Facebook's IPO, and the…

Use the Facebook Timeline to Tell Your Brand’s Story

Article first published as Brands Use Facebook Timeline to Tell Their Story on Technorati. If you have not heard, Facebook's Timeline for brand pages has arrived. If you are managing a brand page, you can already setup a Timeline-based page, previewing and editing it as...

#LeanStartup’s Hidden Gem – Built-in Risk Management for Creation

If you are not current managing, advising or working in a startup, you might not be inclined to read Eric Ries' The Lean Startup. While this is understandable, it would be very unfortunate because #LeanStartup model includes a "hidden gem" useful to nearly anyone....

Ten Tech Trends for Your 2012 New Year’s Resolutions List

Article first published as Ten Tech Trends for Your 2012 New Year's Resolutions List on Technorati One of the most exciting things about working in tech is using it to create new ways to work, play—and even live. We have seen many great technology innovations...

How Can BlackBerry Regain Leadership? Go Android

Article first published as How Can BlackBerry Regain Leadership? Go Android on Technorati. Yes, it has been a really bad year for BlackBerry. Their security architecture was almost blocked by several national governments. They have lost significant market share. Their PlayBook has not sold well....

The One Feature Facebook Needs to Create the Killer Marketing App

Article first published as The One Feature Facebook Needs to Create the Killer Marketing App on Technorati. Facebook has the potential to become the "marketing platform of the decade" used by all types of organizations (e.g., small business, enterprise, non-profits) to engage their customers: At…

Master Chefs, Social Media Apprentices: Missed Opportunities

Article first published as Master Chefs, Social Media Apprentices: Missed Opportunities on Technorati. There may be nothing more social in the world than food. People love to eat. They love to eat together. The love to talk about that they are eating and share recipes...

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